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February 6, 2018 Contact: Lauresha Xhihani
WATERBURY HOSPITAL RECEIVES LEVEL II TRAUMA CERTIFICATION
WATERBURY, Feb. 6, 2019 ― Waterbury Hospital has been verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), through January 9, 2021. This achievement recognizes the hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
Waterbury Hospital had to meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. A trauma center needs to provide not only hospital resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. This spectrum encompasses the prehospital phase through the rehabilitation process.
There are five separate categories of verification in the program. Waterbury Hospital had been previously verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma. As part of the verification process, a level of certification is requested by the hospital and an on-site review of the hospital is conducted by a team of reviewers experienced in the field of trauma. A site review was conducted in December 2018.
Elements of Level II Trauma include 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
“Some of the most critically injured patients are seen in our Emergency Department each year. This certification demonstrates our continued commitment to provide faster, better quality care to severely injured members of our community,” said Waterbury HEALTH CEO Peter Adamo.
About Waterbury HEALTH
Waterbury HEALTH offers comprehensive healthcare services including primary care, emergency and acute care, and home healthcare. Waterbury Hospital, Alliance Medical Group, Cardiology Associates of Greater Waterbury, Access Rehab Centers and VNA Health at Home are all affiliates of Waterbury HEALTH. Serving Waterbury and 11 surrounding communities in Western Connecticut, Waterbury HEALTH is a member of Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., a national family of hospitals and healthcare networks.
About The American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.
About The Committee on Trauma
The Committee on Trauma (COT), a standing committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), works to improve all phases of care of the injured patient and to prevent injuries before they occur. The COT promotes leadership and cooperation of all participants in a trauma center so that the best possible care will be provided to injured patients. The COT also requires the commitment of each facility's surgeons to the improvement of trauma care. Recognizing that trauma is a surgical disease that demands surgical leadership, the ACS established the Committee on Trauma, its oldest standing committee, in 1922.